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    He was hunting deer when he found a bottle.

    Hi, there.

    Could you tell me the difference between the two sentences:

    He was hunting deer when he found the letter.

    and

    When he was hunting deer he found the letter.

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: He was hunting deer when he found a bottle.

    Welcome, BAUD.


    The adverbial phrase (underlined) is topic in [2]:

    [1] He was hunting deer when he found the letter.
    [2] When he was hunting deer, he found the letter.


    Does that help?


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    Re: He was hunting deer when he found a bottle.

    Thank you, Casiopea, for your quick reply.

    Actually, I need a little more help. Do you use 'topic' to mean 'theme' in contrast to 'rheme'?

    Could you explain it more easily, if possible, with some examples?

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    Re: He was hunting deer when he found a bottle.

    Thanks again, Casiopea. I've read the article. And I think I figured out the functional sentence perspective.

    Now let me ask you the same question, this time, from a grammatical point of view.

    The first sentence I quoted above seems to mean that 'He was hunting deer and then he found the letter.'

    I suspect if you use when like this you should put a comma before when:

    He was hunting deer, when he found the letter.

    Is it possible to use when without following a comma? Or is it used only in a certain situation such as only in a colloquial saying or only used with progressive?

    A little more help again.

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